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Gurney has no conflicts of interest

Gurney has no conflicts of interest

By Gary Haga

Commissioner John Sweet is a nice man, but his association with several nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations seem to conflict with his position on the Board of Commissioners, which may have contributed to several bad decisions on his part.

Recently, Commissioner Sweet voted to give the management of 84.3 miles of county roads over to the authority of the Coquille Indian Tribe, which eliminates the ability of the Roads Department to prioritize road improvements. It also gives the Tribe an edge in negotiating for other projects, such as the management of the Wagon Road Lands. County voters passed a resolution against allowing the Coquille’s from managing these lands, but that did not stop Mr. Sweet from relinquishing his authority to the tribe as an elected official.

Voters should note that John Sweet has a very close working relationship with the Coquilles and he refuses to release his response to the tribal survey given to candidates during the last elections cycle. The Commissioner is a board member of the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, which is a nonprofit organization involved with several undertakings throughout the county. As a voting member of this board, John has the ability to direct the revenue stream of this organization, giving him the opportunity to choose who receives this funding. The ability to give away money to benefit his constituents is the first conflict.

Mr. Sweet is also a member of the Ford Family Foundation, an organization that has worked closely on projects financially supported by the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, giving the commissioner a considerable amount of undue influence in the county. Many in the community believe John Sweet is using this influence to keep his positon on the County Board of Commissioners, demonstrating a second conflict of interest.

In a work session absent of Commissioner Bob Main, John Sweet and Mellissa Cribbins voted in favor of the county joining the South Coast Community Foundation and then the two voted to make Sweet a board member of this group. Public tax dollars will fund the SCCF and all the money is discretionary where open meeting laws do not apply, which many see as an extreme conflict for Mr. Sweet.

Commissioner Candidate Don Gurney does not have these conflicts of interest, and therefore he has a clear conscience to vote on these issues. So I am voting for Don Gurney for Coos County Commissioner.

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    Themguys  October 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    John Sweet and his sticky fingers are in ALL our panties, these “economic” experts have taken Coos County to this crumbling position, all the while pointing their ‘sticky’ fingers at us?????? What balls!!! They must be huge !! Oh, I forget, Sweet thinks bigger is better, right? Compensation much Sweetie? I wish Sweetie and What’s Her Name, who also works for the tribe, would have to be made to recuse themselves from ANY county business re: the tribe. THAT would
    be like McKeuen recusing her own self for owning land on the North Spit, which she cleverly says is managed by her bro in law, even the Goobers ain’t buying it. Also, I’m curious, does anyone know if What’s Her Name is running her distillery as a minority-tax outfit, cuz she and Ruby Slippers are female? Would love to see if they are using this scam as well. My personal opinion only, Ford Foundation is Chamber on Steroids, and the architects told them how to bring this community together, but Mrs. Messerlie did nothing of the kind, backed by Sweetie and his cronies, and we all know how they love their little Coos Bay Circle Jerk . When Sweet tells you he’s going to take us out of this stagnation, ask him: “But YOU and Barton, and Messerlies, and Chamber of Consorts brung us to this dance all by your own selves. YOU are the reason this county is suffering, and you want even more. Shame on every one of you phonies, sucking off the publics’ teats for the last twenty years. Leave that Circle Jerk and you might learn something Sweet, you are a hypocrite of magnificent proportions when you point fingers at others, YOU are to blame, not Jody, not M, not anyone but your little litter box companions. As always, my personal opinion only.


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